Thursday November 23, 2017

How Alfred Ford, Chairman of the Ford Motor Company, found peace in spiritual devotion to Krishna

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By Gaurav Sharma

The Sixties was an era of rebellion. The counterculture movement, the anti-racism crusade by Martin Luthet King Jr, stepping of man on Moon, the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the invasion of music by The Beatles, gay and lesbian rights movement, transformation of China into a socialist economy are all examples of the flux that the decade witnessed.

The political, social and economic changes notwithstanding, the Swinging Sixties was also a time when people sought out meaning of life and questioned the existing system of society. A ‘spiritual longing’ was what made people break from social norms and barriers.

While some hallucinated on acid, and lost themselves in music, sex and art, there were others who had the opportunity to associate with Indian mystics, yogis and spiritual teachers–those who had traveled across the seven seas to bring the ancient message of the Vedas to the West.

A different seeker

Alfred Ford, the great grandson of Henry Ford and present Chairman of the Ford Motor Company was one of the many such seekers.

“I began to experiment and look at different ways of living. I wanted to know what God looked like. I was looking for a personal connection with God, a relationship with him,” Ford said during one of his interviews.

After he finished college, Ford began leading the life of a recluse in Rocky mountains in Wyoming. Things suddenly changed when a hippie friend introduced him to Krishna by bringing books of Prabhupada to his notice, specifically the Bhagavad Gita.

However, the real turning point for Ford happened when he heard the Bhajan–an album produced by George Harrison for the ‘Radha Krishna’ temple.

Ford found the experience of hearing the devotional song, deeply profound. He found himself crying and realized that that was the conception of God he was looking for: A stunningly beautiful form, having the complexion of a dark rain cloud, adorning a peacock feather on his head and playing a flute.

Ford and ISKCON

The billionaire scion of Ford family got in touch with Swami Prabhupada–the founder of the Hare Krishna movement, and became his disciple, deciding to dedicate his life on the spiritual path.

His first encounter with the Swami Prabhupada was a life-altering experience. The Swami had asked him thus: “So you are the great grandson of Henry Ford?”to which Ford nodded in the affirmative. Soon, Ford was left spellbound, when the Swami retorted by asking a deep philosophical question: “So where is he now?”

Ford, thus, came to realize the temporary nature of life.

“That question immediately made me realize that life is so temporary. Krishna Consciousness teaches you that the only eternal relationship and identity you have is with Krishna”, Ford once told English newspaper Times of India.

Ford, then, changed his life completely– he stopped drinking, became a vegetarian and cooked vegetarian food which he then offered to Krishna (Prasadam) and started the practice of chanting japa beads.

However, people questioned his altered life style, saying that he had come under the spell of a cult. None of that had any effect on Ford’s resolution though. If anything, his bond with his Guru strengthened to such an extent that he donated $600,000 to fund the establishment of a temple in Detroit.

All this to please the Guru

Even after his spiritual transformation, the material life was never neglected. After completing the spiritual activities which last from 4 am to 9 pm, Ford attends his business, where he works as a trustee of the Ford Motor Company and takes care of other charitable works.

Business and Spirituality seem to go hand in hand for the business tycoon. “Krishna’s message to Arjuna was not to run to the woods to meditate, but to be the best you can be in the material and yet not forget your spiritual life”, he says.

Ford has continued his contribution to expand Krishna Consciousness with full gusto and élan.

He is the Chairman of the much anticipated Vedic planetarium in Mayapur, an impressive architectural structure spanning more than 110 meters, slated to be the centerpiece of Vedic conception of the creation of Universe.

He has also managed to calm the angst of the orthodox church in Russia, which was highly insecure about the installation of Krishna temples in the country.

Ford now shuffles easily between an active business life and his family life. He is married to a Bengali devotee girl from Australia and is the father to two beautiful girls– Anisha and Amrita.

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Hindu Epic Mahabharata Offers Answers to Psychiatric Issues: India Medical Association (IMA) President

Indian Medical Association (IMA) president Dr. KK Aggarwal said Lord Krishna was the first and the most celebrated counselor.

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Lord Krishna delivering his teachings in Mahabharata. Wikimedia Commons
  • Dr. KK Aggarwal says that Lord Krishna in the true sense was the first and the most celebrated counselor in the most revered Hindu text called as Mahabharata
  • He talks at large about the teachings of Lord Krishna in his write-up titled “Psychotherapy in the time of the Vedas”
  • Many celebrities and research scholars have come up and talked about the mental health awareness and issues related to it in various public forums

New Delhi, July 28, 2017: The Hindu epic Mahabharata is a source pointing back to earliest findings of psychiatric dimensions and offers many answers, says Dr. KK Aggarwal, President of India Medical Association (IMA).

“Lord Krishna was the first and the most celebrated counselor in the history of events”, quotes Dr. KK Aggarwal in his write-up for The Equator Line magazine’s latest issue ‘Cobwebs Inside Us’, which deals with mental health. It mentions how a brilliant warrior once overcame his dilemma and conquered the infamous battle of Mahabharata, with the help of the teachings of Lord Krishna. His teachings are all accumulated in the 700 verses worth of scripture, popularly known as Bhagavad Gita.

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At a time when there were no psych drugs or mental-health professionals, the Sanskrit epic seems to have offered a few answers to ancient Indians, he says in his write-up titled “Psychotherapy in the time of the Vedas”.

According to Dr. KK Aggarwal during the times of Vedic institutions, the antidepressants did not exist but it was a time when “bucolic environment – woods running along the river banks, deer prancing around, peacocks strutting close to the courtyard – had its own way of healing the bruised mind”.

He further commented on the medical treatments in today’s time differ from people to people, there is an assortment of drugs that nourishes the mental health; but during the ancient time, the Vedic approach to mental health was focused on controlling the mind, intellect, and ego.

“Lord Shiva presents a very Vedic way of anger management. Whenever you are filled with resentment, store the negative thoughts in your throat. After some time, think about the issue at hand with a cool mind,” he writes.

In the article ‘Of the mind and its maladies’, AIIMS psychiatrists Dr Rajesh Sagar and Dr Ananya Mahapatra write: “The future demands scaling up of a wide variety of interventions, ranging from public awareness, early identification, treatment of acute illness, family education, long-term care, rehabilitation, reintegration into society, ensuring of human rights of the ill persons, and efforts to reduce the prevalent stigma and discrimination against these patients.”

Among other contributors to the edition- psychiatrist Dr. Sanjay Chugh, former G B Pant Hospital CMO Dr. Reshma Hingorani, psychologist Pallav Bonerjee and Bollywood scriptwriter Sumeet Panigrahi.

-Prepared by Nivedita Motwani. Twitter @Mind_Makeup


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Outsourcing Lectures of Hindu Holy Text Bhagavad Gita on Indian Diaspora in Jamaica (NYC)

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New Delhi, May 6, 2017: The Bhagavad-gita is a discussion between Arjuna, a powerfully talented warrior going into a fight, and Krishna, his charioteer. Over the span of addressing Arjuna all way of otherworldly and material counsel, Krishna clarifies karma, the self, the Supreme Self, the motivation behind yoga, the contrast between our self and our material body, how our condition influences our awareness, and how to accomplish the flawlessness of life.

The Gita shows up as a focal part of the Mahabharata, the historical backdrop of more noteworthy India. It is the quintessence of Vedic information and a standout amongst the most critical books of Vedic writing.

Shrimad Bhavagad Gita Lecture and Discussion by Swami Aksharananda is going to be held on 26-28 May at Shri Surya Narayan Mandir, 92-17 172nd Street, Jamaica, NY 11433.

– by staff writer at NewsGram

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A scandalous Pastor in US defames Bhagavad Gita as ‘Demonic’

Pastor Steven Anderson, a scandalous American Fundamentalist parson of the 'Faithful Word Baptist Church’ is a conniver in condescending ‘Hinduism’ the oldest religion in the world, – Demonic and not only did he vilifies the creed of Hindus but labeled the Lord of Hinduism as the Satan.

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CONTENTIOUS BACKGROUND OF PASTOR ANDERSON

A notorious American Fundamentalist preacher named Steven Anderson of the ‘Faithful Word Baptist Church’ in Arizona arrived in Trinidad with the utter rationale to pester the Hindu Community. This man has brazenly blasphemed Lord Krishna as “Satan” and vilified both the Bhagavad Gita in particular and Hinduism in a broad-spectrum.

The church has also been designated as an Anti-gay hate group. Anderson once cited that homosexuals, if judged according to the Law of Moses, should be put to death. Further examples of his violence are a number of confrontations with police in several states in which he was the aggressor.

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In August 2009, the church received nationwide attention when Anderson stated in a sermon that he was praying for the death of then-President Barack Obama.

DIATRIBE ON HINDUISM

Extracts from one of his addressing…”Hindus are tough to reach, but it is possible. I ran into several people down in Guyana, including Pastor Ram Angad, who were raised Hindu but ended up getting saved. Hindus need to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ. They need to be told that it’s Heaven or Hell, not reincarnation. They need to realize that Jesus Christ is the one true God and put their faith in him alone for salvation.”

According to the Baptist Church Pastor, Hinduism has been the cause of stagnancies in India and it hauls people down. It edifies that whatever station is one born into, he or she is fated to be stuck there perpetually. There are about one billion Hindus in India, and the entire race is on their way to hell. Almost one out of 7 people in the world subscribe to Hinduism which the preacher calls a bogus creed.

Shiva (God of snakes) is believed to be the lord of the universe, sometimes also known as the creator, transformer, and protector of the universe. One of the factions amongst the followers of Lord Shiva’s is the ones betrothed in Postmortem rituals – known as ‘the Aghoris’. Many of the Aghoris stroll around naked representing their true human form detaching themselves from the mortals; through this, they surpass the feelings of love, hatred, jealousy and pride.

…“that’s savage, that’s uncivilized, that’s demonic, that’s wicked”,  Anderson maligned the Aghoris while addressing to the public at Baptist Church.

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The Hindus worship idols of their choice and visit the temple to display the devotion and offer prayer to their god. This man nevertheless condemns Idol worshipping in Hinduism as synonymous to worshipping of devils, saying that worshiping idols made out of silver, gold, copper is a gesture of worshipping the devil.

What bothers him is the hybridization of Hinduism sacred customs with Christianity, for instance, Yoga has now been adopted by many western countries and the sacred syllable ‘OM’ is enchanted universally. Fencing the traditions of Hindus, Steven apprised that any assertion with Hinduism will pave a way towards the gateway to hell.

VILIFICATION OF BHAGAVAD GITA

Bhagavad Gita, a narrative form of discourse between Arjuna, a Pandava prince and Krishna, his mentor and charioteer written in Sanskrit illuminate people about the conception of Dharma, Bhakti, Karma and Yogic ideals.

Reincarnation, the precept of Indian credence is that the soul (Atman) is reborn in a new body time and time again to grow and mature through all the experiences human life has to offer. A soul will learn new things each moment in time and work through its karma. Eventually, every soul reaches salvation by realizing its oneness with god and is no longer reborn. For the Hindus do not believe in Satan or eternal hell.

…“Death doesn’t matter, so killing isn’t a big deal. (It’s just like changing clothes)“ – the elucidation by the conspiring Pastor running down reincarnation as stated by Bhagwat Geeta.

Self Realization (Atma-jnana), in Hindu religion, is the acquaintance with the true self beyond the materialistic pleasures and ego recognition. Hinduism describes the self as the indweller of the body – he is the seer, the perceiver, the enjoyer, the witness and the lord of all the organs of the body. The body cannot survive without its conscious self.

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…”You can’t be the god or merge with god, this is a satanic teaching. Lucifer, who tried to be the highest, was a demon indeed. Men do not merge with god, that’s blasphemous.” – an added vilification of the conniver.

Karma is the terminology of Hinduism which explicates a system where positive effects are consequential out of the past good deeds and harmful effects are derived from past bad deeds thus crafting a system of actions and reactions throughout a soul’s reincarnated lives. Hindus produces Karma in four ways, through thoughts, through right attitude words, through actions and through others who work under our instruction.

…”Karma gives you the false hope that if you do good deeds, you will not be damned” – repudiation by Pastor on Karma.

Hinduism vs Christianity – An Irrational endeavor

The sole intention of the Baptist Church preacher is to draw parallelism with Christianity as against other religions, and Hinduism to be more specific. The scandalous member of the clergy has started a YouTube series where he is thriving people to detach from Hinduism calling the oldest religion in the world fallacious. Not only did he blaspheme Bhagavad Gita, but also condemned Hindu rituals and practices stating them as the superfluous sacraments.

There can be no parallel drawn between Hinduism and Christianity or any other religions for that matter. Every faction of the world has peculiar beliefs systems and creed, albeit forcing people to transform to a different religion is a sinful act. Hinduism does not edify violence, poverty, blasphemy, hatred – unless the man interprets the sagacity of holy texts with cynicism.

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The pastor claims from this that the ‘snake,’ ‘god of death’ and born among ‘demons’ here are indistinguishable to Satan in Christian legends and thus Lord Krishna is identical with Jehovah, the devil himself. The predicament with the preaching of the pastor is that he is propagating lose and selective paraphrasing and not the actual text. It seems rather duplicitous to assail the Bhagwat Geet for what it is not really teaching.

WATCH: The Truth about Hinduism

Pastor Anderson of the Baptist Church of Tempe, Arizona has called the Hinduism as the demonic religion. The documentary is a vilification of the religion.

– By Naina Mishra of Newsgram, Twitter: Nainamishr94

3 responses to “A scandalous Pastor in US defames Bhagavad Gita as ‘Demonic’”

  1. Ha ha ha
    Hinduism IS not only Satanic, it’s stupid!
    The author of this nonsense also misused the word “scandal”.
    Pastor Steven Anderson has never been involved in a scandal. Pastor Anderson being anti Sodomy is not a scandal. He hasn’t denied believing that way in the subject nor is it wrong to believe that way.

    All normal people are repulsed by that filthy feces eating developed behavior just as normal people think that worshipping to a multi armed female god is stupid.

  2. Satanic is That Which Encashes on The Blood of Tortured, Nailed, Crucification of Jesus. He, Jesus Sacrifices to Change the Mindset of Barbarians, but Alas! These fraud Christian Pastors Make Money & livelihood Saying, You Do Sins and Jesus Blood will Cleanse you, Pathetic Aphorism.

    Now who is Satanic, The One who Sells Sacrifce of Jesus & Beg money from followers or The One who Advices to Kill These kind of Persons & Save The innocent.

  3. How dare he say that that book is “Demonic”! Just look at this verse from the Hindu book… Among the Daitya demons I am the devoted Prahlada; among subduers I am time; among the beasts I am the lion, and among birds I am Garuda, the feathered carrier of Visnu.
    OOPS!!!

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